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The STEM #4Real Network

The STEM4Real Network is a one-of-a-kind professional learning experience that combines live webinars, collaboration, networking and ongoing professional development focused on STEM content and social justice. We will equip our educators with the #4REAL approach to achieving a socially just and standards-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education.

Tailor-Made Professional Learning

Every school and district has their own unique characteristics and may need a little extra love. STEM4Real will create specific and intensive professional learning plans designed to meet these unique characteristics. Together, we will build out a tailor-made professional learning series to carry out your school or district mission and vision, #4Real.

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Our Clubhouse talk was called "racist"...

Our team hosted a session on Clubhouse called "Anti-racism in STEM Lesson Planning" where we share how we create NGSS phenomenon-based experiences through a culturally responsive lens.

Instead we were met with s…

Our framework centers on creation, cultivation and connection to create change. That change is difficult and takes a whole TEAM to make it real. The STEM4Real Network is here to help you make it real.

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Distance teaching had me in tears yesterday 😭

🚫 My Zoom link for class was not working
🚫 My mic 🎙️ wasn't recognized
🚫 My live stream wasn't streaming
🚫 Childcare was unavailable

Finally, everything started working and…

Why STEM Matters for ALL

STEM4Real is a professional learning nonprofit, providing a community for educators to obtain high-quality professional learning, networking, collaboration, and instructional planning dedicated to making STEM instruction #4Real for every single student.

Our standards-based educator trainings are focused on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with equity and social justice at the forefront.

Our mission is to provide joyful and high quality STEM professional learning that combines STEM content + Culturally Responsive Teaching.

While some professional learning programs offer standards-based instruction and others offer equity and social justice, we are unique in that WE DO BOTH! Here’s how!

We provide the following professional learning programs that incorporate Networking <> Leadership <> Instruction

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Welcome To Leadership 4 Justice #4Real

Leadership 4 Justice #4Real Series will equip our educators with the #4REAL approach to achieving a socially just and standards-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education. Our multifaceted series addresses the root causes of student inequities and social injustice so that you graduate with an action plan on how to recognize and dismantle systemic racism, increase student outcomes and rebuild your education system #4Real.

In the Leadership 4 Justice #4Real Series, you will:

  • Observe real and relevant instruction with engaged and inspired students
  • See an immediate increase in authentic family and community engagement
  • Create a systematic action plan that prioritizes opportunity for every student group (ELL, SPED, Students of Color)
  • Rebuild a school culture that dismantles systemic racism and bias

What people are saying

There are many tools and strategies that I am excited to implement within my classroom. They include the sticky note brainstorm strategy, doing a nature/campus walk to observe and write down phenomena, seeing the NGSS as 3 dimensions of what the student can think, know, and do, and also the 5E lesson planning template tool.

I think that I have changed how I think about how NGSS can be integrated with the other standards I need to teach as well as my intertopical units.

I really shifted to phenomenon based instruction and I’ve been doing this in my instruction. I’ve also gained some understanding of how to navigate the NGSS.

I applied the questions to Social Sciences and the answers reflect situations as they may arise in that discipline. I plan to introduce phenomena as the basis for many of my lessons and open the class to debate and discussion.

A key takeaway was the importance of providing opportunities for all students to think about and talk about their observations and thoughts, in ways that take into account multiple intelligences and different learning styles.

Having students generate questions about a phenomenon is such a good way of including every student, every experience, and every culture in science. Any student can be a scientist and can make references to other material they are learning in school or to past experiences due to the many cross-cutting concepts implemented through NGSS.

One key take-away for me was that our perceptions and biases have a huge impact in how we teach, even if we are unaware of them.

Some things I am working on is to listen more carefully to students (and teachers) to hopefully become more empathetic and to slow down my reaction/response time, just a fraction, as a check on my own biases.


I loved the techniques for structuring NGSS (3D, 5E, CER). NGSS was feeling really open-ended but it now feels like I have a better understanding of how to plan both short and long term.